• @KISSmyOSFeddit
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    I was arrested at a G8 summit while I was helping block the road Putin’s motorcade was about to use, but police had to let me go cause they didn’t have the manpower to process all the protestors.

    • @Son_of_dad
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      I still remember the Toronto g20. Police assigned a park as a free speech zone, surrounded it, put on masks, took off their name tags and went in to beat the shit out of everyone in sight. Men, women, children, the disabled. Hundreds of people tossed into coed massive cells with a shared bucket for a toilet, sexual assaults happened etc. That day Canadian police proved without a doubt that they’re every bit as bad as American cops, and I’ve hated them ever since.

  • @CarterH739
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    I actually just became a grandfather two days ago. I’m looking forward to, “Listen, things were different back in the nineteen hundreds…”

    • @Entropywins
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      725 days ago

      I had to walk 7 miles up hill in the snow…just to get my shoes!!!

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        Seriously, we had snow back then. Lots of. But the world has moved on

        I could tell my kids about snow days, school bus sliding into the ditch, walking home when no one could get up our hill. I could talk how anything not cleared quickly, icier over and remained for the winter. My kids will be able to tell stories about me jokingly wishing to get enough snow to try out my new snow blower. They’ll tell about the arguments about clearing the driveway in case we need to go out, vs waiting a couple days for it to melt

    • @Son_of_dad
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      524 days ago

      I have a buddy in his late 30s who just became a grandpa. He had his kid in high school when he was like 17. His son is now like 19 and just had a kid of his own. That shit is crazy

    • @NeoNachtwaechter
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      325 days ago

      I actually just became a grandfather two days ago

      Have they asked you in advance if you even want that?

      ;-)

  • @Sanctus
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    3525 days ago

    I was there when smart phones came out.

    When Y2K didn’t happen

    When the internet was a useful tool and not monetized to shit

    When the thread of sanity broke and society began to transition into some Lordranesque nightmare of tribes.

    • Tar_Alcaran
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      When Y2K didn’t happen

      *When tens of thousands of people spent years of their lives making sure Y2K wouldn’t happen.

      • @RGB3x3
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        523 days ago

        People

        Programmers

        Pick one. Signed, Management

      • @NeoNachtwaechter
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        625 days ago

        Depends where you live.
        Usa: yes
        Country that is under Usa’s influence: happens right now
        Country that is free from that: might start soon

    • Altima NEO
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      Y2K happened, just not how everyone thought.

      Instead it was a huge marketing ploy. Everyone spent money to be protected and safe. We all listened to Prince as the ball dropped.

      • @AA5B
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        IT really wasn’t. Sure, it had way too much hype, but a lot of the saner predictions really could have happened, except for the huge amount of work so many of us went through.

        I was working at an investment management company at the time, one of the first “quant shops”, and there was an unimaginably vast flood of money coming through that could have ground to a halt, with ear splitting squeals and shrieks. Our stuff wasn’t retail, but you bet people would have suffered with any disruption of business, retirement plans of millions in jeopardy, investments of the wealthy, corporate wealth of all types would have been hit hard. And there were so many companies in similar condition. I was on remediation projects for a couple of years, along with most of my team and consultants when we could, and we came through with no glitches!

        And yes that was the first time I was tempted to be a consultant, to get a bigger share of the money being spent. And yes I did celebrate New Years with by far the most expensive trip I had gone on to that point - included tickets for three headliner concerts, expensive suites, and unlimited margaritas

  • Rhynoplaz
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    2725 days ago

    I was waiting tables at the Eat N Park across the street from the bank where the “Pizza Bomber” exploded. We couldn’t tell what was happening from where we were, but I was there.

  • @[email protected]
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    I was there when Metallica tried to kill piracy by killing Napster and in turn, created a giant market of music piracy programs.

    • @MrEff
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      1123 days ago

      To counter Metallica, Nine Inch Nails at about the same time then went on and very publicly said to steal his music because the label was overcharging his fans and he would rather they listen to it than he get paid. He then started releasing his albums for free where you pay what you want on his website. And this is just one reason I am a life long NIN fan and stopped listening to Metallica after middle school.

    • @Son_of_dad
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      324 days ago

      I still remember that lame sketch that Metallica did on like the MTV awards to defend their stance

      • @MojoMcJojo
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        223 days ago

        I remember watching that and thinking, they don’t sound very rock-‘n’-roll. I guess they lived long enough to become the corporate villain

  • @davidgro
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    I remember leaded gasoline (and prices under USD$1)

    I saw (on TV) the Challenger explosion

    On 9/11 I was staying at a friend’s house, and that morning basically every news site was brought to its knees. Like serving static text only summaries. I remember going outside and seeing the newspaper on the porch and thinking “This is going to be the last normal one for a very long time”. It was of course.

    Some friends and I took a long road trip and in person we saw this fly the first of the two flights for the X prize (Note: that one actually had some decent reasons to use the name X)

    I caught COVID-19. Twice. So far.

    • @[email protected]
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      I remember leaded gas too, from 15 seconds ago when a propeller plane flew over my house dumping lead out it’s exhaust. They inexplicably are still allowed to use leaded gas in small aircraft. Even new planes are designed to only accept leaded cause it’s all they have at the airports.

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      I remember it well. I was in the right place at the right time to be solicited for a real donation t that X-prize, as if I had money. I got to goto one of the first presentations about their plan. I got to shake Burt Routan’s hand and wish him luck I did put in like $10 though

  • @Sausage_Mahoney
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    I was there for the shot heard 'round the world. The day a hero died and it’s all been wrong ever since.

    I was at the Cincinnati Zoo The day Harambee was murdered.

    Dicks out.

    • @JustZ
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      “Ehhh, I just watched from my house. 92% totality, sort of the same thing.”

    • Gumby
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      I live in the path of totality…it was cloudy here. Still was incredibly cool when it got dark, but now I want to see one for real.

  • Altima NEO
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    The world before the Internet.

    I was there. We had to go to the library if we wanted information. The magazine aisle at the grocery store is where you got your up to date info that you couldn’t always get on TV. TV was like 5 channels. A few more local ones if you were lucky.

    They’re was nothing on TV after a certain hour. Just static, or colored bars and a buzzer. You had to wait till morning for TV broadcasts to start again.

    No one had cell phones. You had to go to your friends house to see if they were home, and yell for them at their window.

    Fun times.

    • @Son_of_dad
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      Remember when there was the morning News, and then the 6pm and 11pm news. That’s it. Now it’s news channels running 24/7

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        And that’s honestly a not-insignificant part of why everything is so fucked up and polarized now.

  • @waz
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    1225 days ago

    I remember borrowing CDs from friends and converting them to MP3s in the mid-late 90s. Admittedly I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I couldn’t really explain it to my friends, but ripping CDs with Windows CLI programs and amassing a huge (for the time) digital music collection was something I thought was super cool. Unlike wav files, I could actually (not always) fit a whole song on a floppy disc!

    • Altima NEO
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      324 days ago

      I was ripping CDs from the public library… Onto cassette tapes

    • @[email protected]
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      My homies and I use to share cds, and then splitfile the mp3s onto multiple floppy disks. Still faster than 56k limewire.

      • @waz
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        If I put myself in the mindset of the time, this makes complete sense. Looking back though it sounds ridiculous.

        I love it.

  • AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet
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    1125 days ago

    I watched the Challenger explode on live TV from my school classroom. The teachers were all ecstatic about the mission because NASA was sending a teacher into space. It took a minute for us to realize what happened, even though we literally watched it explode in front of our eyes.

    • @acetanilide
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      Years later, I was a child waiting for Columbia to land when all of the adults started acting weird…then we found out. But i didn’t quite understand at first. I remember wondering how they landed in Houston when they were planning on Florida. I was smart enough to know that that wasn’t really an option but not enough to put it together until later.

  • snownyte
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    I was there for 9/11 like many others were growing up. Many born in 2001 and after would not understand the impact it has had on America.

    I was there for the Boston Red Sox finally snapping a multi-decade streak of losing or not making it to a World Series in 2004. This is significant if you’re a sports fan, especially baseball.

    I was there to see the rise of social media sites that many use today.

    • Tar_Alcaran
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      I was there for 9/11 like many others were growing up.

      This reminds of the hilarious time my dad asked my nephew if he was invited to the cockpit while flying transatlantic. To which he responded “grandpa, I was born 5 years after 9/11”. neither of them appreciated how hard I laughed at that.

  • @RBWells
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    My mom ran away from home to see Elvis in a high school auditorium, and was in Little Rock when it was being integrated, I always thought that was cool.

    I saw Nirvana before they were famous, in a crowd of about 30 people in a club here, and barely missed being blown up over Lockerbie, but the moment that stands out most in my mind is: I was getting frisked (felt up ) by a cop on a US city street when, no shit, the English punk band GBH were walking by and they started shouting at the cops, oh my God I have never felt so cool.